Posts Tagged ‘Sculpture’

Brick in a Bottle

May 19, 2014

Square Peg, Round Hole

This new model by Kristi of Custombricks kind of blew my mind. I’ve seen a few models built in glass bottles before, but this is so tight, its amazing!

Makes me want to try this…

Master Oogway

February 3, 2014

LEGO Master Oogway

Bruce Lowell has done it again. Master Oogway from the Kung Fu Panda movies is perfect in his LEGO form

Bruce even got the cape Oogway wears right by using Jabba’s Sail Barge sails.

LEGO Master Oogway

Now my question is will this Oogway dissolve into peach blossoms too? :D

Make sure to brush your teeth

January 15, 2014

I know, I know. I’ve been MIA (missing in action) here on my blog for a while. If you’ve been following my Facebook Page or my Twitter feed then you know I’ve been working on a large model. It has a head, torso, arms and legs — but that’s all I will say till after I’m finished, which should be soon. So until I’m done, enjoy this cool model. ;)

You know, for teeth!

Carl Merriam has done it again with this over sized tooth brush. I love how he gets all the details of the bristles and rubber that makes up the head.

It makes me think of the giant tooth brush that I designed at LEGOLAND, sadly I don’t have any pictures. :(

It was for the Splash Battle Ride in the Pirates area of the park. If you’ve been to the park I’m sure you’ve seen the giant shark on the ride. Well one of the models that didn’t make it, but was designed, was supposed to go on the shark. The initial concept was of someone holding the mouth open, but I thought that joke had been done too many times so my idea was to have a cabin boy straddling a tooth in the mouth of the shark with a very nervous expression on his face and a giant tooth brush in his hand.

We got as far as designing most of the model, and I made both a two foot prototype and a four foot long toothbrush model with a big dollop of toothpaste, but for some reason the final version of the cabin boy was never finished and I have no idea what happened to the model. It still might be somewhere in model storage or it might have been recycled (yes that does happen), either way, I wish I had the pictures now.

My toothbrush was in no way as detailed as Carl’s, but it was still a fun project.

2014 year of the Horse

January 7, 2014


2014 year of the Horse, originally uploaded by Omar + kamitera.

So apparently 2014 is the year of the Horse. Even if it wasn’t this is an amazing model with a wonderful sense of movement and life about it. I love the legs mid-gallop and the tail waving in the wind. The Chinese character above it stands for horse. ;)

TO-TO-ROOOOO!!!

January 6, 2014

TO-TO-ROOOOO!!!, originally uploaded by Carlmerriam.

I’ve always loved Totoro and this awesome model by Carl Merriam is a great model to start of 2014!

I can hear Totoro’s roar as he awakens to the new day. :)

LEGOLAND in Boston looking for a Master Builder

December 19, 2013

If you live in the New England area, and have always wanted to become a LEGO Master Model Builder then here’s your chance.

Via: Boston Magazine

On January 25 and 26, at the Boston Public Library, an “intense competition,” called Brick Factor, will be held to try and identify the perfect candidate to take on the job of building Lego projects for the Discovery Center Boston coming to Assembly Square in the new year.

Applicants will be asked to tackle several construction challenges over the course of two days, competing in multiple rounds to take the title. The lucky winner of the competition will be offered a full-time, salaried position from the Discovery Center, and will become responsible for constructing new features, exhibitions and models at the new attraction.

So what does it take to become the next “Master Model Builder,” a title that only a handful of other people in the United States hold?

According to Lego representatives, the perfect candidate should have “a natural love of Lego bricks…be creative,” and show that they are a skilled model builder and passionate about working with and teaching kids.

“The Brick Factor Competition is a unique opportunity to turn one lucky individual’s hobby into a dream job,” said David Gilmore, General Manager for Legoland Discovery Center Boston. “The Master Model Builder will become an integral member of the team, bringing all the incredible Lego brick models within the attraction to life. We can’t wait to put New England’s building skills to the test.”

Here’s a look at what the “Brick Factor” was like in Toronto

Tips from a former Master (me :D ):

1) Practice before you go. Do timed building tests — both free style and theme to get and idea just how long (or short) half an hour or hour is when on a clock

2) Have a portfolio of your previous LEGO models — a booklet or tablet with pics of what you have done can give LEGOLAND an idea of what you can already do.

3) Don’t just show one style / theme of building — Master Builders can be required to build anything. So you have to be able to build a building one day, a mosaic the next and then make a sculpture and a microscale model. If you just specialize in one type — Castle, Space, Mecha, etc. — and don’t diversify your building style they might not be as interested in you. That’s not to say that you won’t get hired, but it helps to be versatile. ;)

On the flip side — Remember it is a real job. Its not just playing with LEGO all day. Whoever wins will have budgets and time frames. You can’t spend months on a foot long model getting it “just so.” Its also a corporate job, no matter how creative it may be. And sadly, they don’t pay all that well. Which is part of the reason I’m not at LEGOLAND any more. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you might not want to do it.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying out. I don’t regret the 5 years I spent working at LEGOLAND California. It was amazing, life-changing and I learned to be a much, much better builder because I was there. But there were days when I didn’t want to go into work. Its a job and you work hard. I want anyone trying out to go in with their eyes wide open and not have false expectations.

So for those that do plan on trying out in January, Good Luck! And if any of you readers do try out, I’d love to hear how you do.

Bricks + Shadow = Awesome!!!!

November 11, 2013

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Looks like a bunch of bricks doesn’t it? Well surprise, it is a bunch of bricks! :D

But that’s not the awesome part.

With the simple addition of a well placed light source, the bunch of bricks laid out by Vir-a-cocha becomes something more…

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How was this missed when it was posted? Of course I didn’t find it till tonight, thanks to another creation that was blogged on The Living Brick, so maybe not enough people have paid attention to Vir-a-coche. But now that I’ve noticed, I’ll keep checking for more awesomeness!

One small step…

November 6, 2013

Astronaut

This awesome model is by Tyler Clites. I always like to see Tyler’s creations and this is no exception. I can almost see the Earth reflected in the astronaut’s visor. :D

And the 1×1 round gray tiles are a perfect moonscape!

Apparently this was a commission and it was also a more realistic variation of a model he made last year for MOCathon and Iron Builder competitions.

Houston, We Have a Problem

Its hard to say which one is better. The top one is more dramatic, but the bottom one is playful. But the great thing is that we don’t have to chose, we can like both equally! :D

Rainbow Lorikeet

November 5, 2013

Rainbow Lorikeet 1

Such a pretty birdie! This awesome Rainbow Lorikeet by Gabriel Thomson is so lifelike it looks as if it is about to fly away!

I can almost see it ruffling its feathers and chirping a little tune. :D

Rainbow Lorikeet 5

And the Lorikeet’s perch isn’t to be discounted either. I’m new to Gabriel’s work, but I will certainly keep an eye on him from now on.

Chibi X-Wing Gundam 1

October 21, 2013

Kevin Ryhal has created this adorable Chibi version of his X-Wing Gundam.

I’m not all that into mechas, but this one is too cute not to share. :D


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